AFL Round 15: Essendon v GWS Preview & Betting Tips

It’s almost the last chance saloon for Essendon who are in danger of letting another season slip away, as the Giants come to town on Thursday night.

Ryan Lepore
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Tue, 25 Jun, 12:00 AM

Essendon v GWS - Marvel Stadium - 7:50pm

In need of a much-needed win to boost its September hopes, Essendon will host GWS at Marvel Stadium on Thursday night.

The Bombers will enter this matchup coming off a disappointing 35-point loss to West Coast last week, during which inaccurate goal-kicking by the home side proved the only thing that kept them in the contest. It proved a similarly listless performance from the Bombers when these sides met during Round 1, which saw the Giants run out 72-point winners at home behind a 31-disposal, seven-tackle, three-goal performance from Stephen Coniglio.

GWS won its most recent fixture, defeating North Melbourne by 33-points at Blundstone Arena prior to their bye last week. The Bombers have been highly underwhelming when playing as underdogs this season – a position they occupy entering this fixture – resulting in just one victory and an average losing margin of 33.2 points from their six such encounters.

 

Key Stat: GWS has failed to cover the line in 10 of their past 14 interstate matches at night.

 

Tip: Essendon

Best bet: Essendon +11.5

Value bet: Essendon 1-39

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